Bonjour, France!

Trip Start Apr 10, 2009
Trip End Jul 02, 2009

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

First of all, let me say the French are great people. Contrary to the widely held belief that they are a rude people, they are polite, kind and helpful (and better looking than the Brits). In the event they are rude is as a response to the rudeness of the visitor. So if you plan to visit France, be nice. The friends I am staying here are great hosts, and I appreciate Grace's time and help in Paris and well as Clermont for letting me stay at his place and Camille's family for the rest of the stay.
Great sites; the Eiffel Tower is very impressive in person, and the Louvre houses the best artwork collection I have ever seen (my favorite is the "Coronation of Napoleon" by David). Food: Crepes, pastries, baguets, duck, fresh fruit all very good. City with good food so I splurged a little. One of my favorite places I found was an Arabic teahouse that is next to a mosque in Paris. I hate tea, but this tea was good and an anbiance that makes one feel like in the middle of an Arabic city/country.
I am having an issue waking up on times since London and this is following me to Paris. I missed my train from London to Paris, but caught the next one a 1/2 hour later. I bought an alarm watch for the specific purpose of waking me up, but it hasnt worked one day. I think its all the walking im doing; 5-10 miles a day I estimate. I get home late and so tired, but I need to push on to get everything in during my stops.
I HAD NO INTERNET CONNECTION FOR 4 DAYS!!!! I dont know how people w/o internet access do it. Sorry for the delay in posting, but France was not cooperating. Enjoy the Paris pictures.
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